TOP 10 HATCHBACKS IN NEPAL.
People love driving hatchbacks around these days. There are lots of hatchback available around the world and few in Nepal too. The growth of the hatchback segment has been very crucial for the Nepalese car market. From affordable and low-maintenance vehicle to stylish, feature-rich and performance-oriented cars, the hatchback space offers a wide variety of choices in Nepal. And more and more customers have started to incline towards the latter. Among the plethora of options we have picked the best hatchback cars in Nepal, have a look.
MARUTI SUZUKI SWIFT
The third generation Maruti Suzuki Swift has been launched in the country with prices starting at Rs 28.99 lakh . The newest iteration of the hatchback is priced up to Rs 31.99 lakh for the range-topping variant. The new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in both petrol and diesel engine options, and for the first time get the option of a diesel automatic as well. We drove the India spec model last month and came back very impressed with how much the car has evolved in its latest avatar. Deliveries for the new Swift will commence later this month, with the car already commanding a waiting period of six to eight weeks. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift continues to house the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. The car is going to be available in both manual as well as AGS (Auto Gear Shift) gearboxes. There will be a total of 12 variants to choose from - Lxi, Vxi, Vxi AGS, Zxi, Zxi AGS, and ZXi+ to be the petrol ones, and Ldi, Vdi, Vdi AGS, Zdi, Zdi AGS, and Zdi+ as the diesel counterparts. Automatic transmission will be available in the VXi and the ZXi models on both the fuel types.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS hot hatchback has officially been launched in Nepal. The Baleno RS has been priced at Rs 34.00 lakh and is available exclusively through the Nexa outlets. The new Baleno RS gets a 1.0 litre petrol engine. The turbo petrol Baleno RS makes 101 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque. The Baleno RS gearbox is a 5-speed manual and there is no automatic in either AMT or CVT offered yet. Maruti’s regular hatchback Baleno, on the other hand, is positioned above the extremely popular Swift. Featuring similar looking head lamps, Baleno shares few styling elements with Swift. Inside the cabin, Baleno offers ample space and packs in features like blue lit instrument panel, TFT multi-information display and infotainment touchscreen among others. Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and seat belt with pre-tensioners are standard across line-up. Petrol variants draw power from 1.2 litre engine mated to five-speed manual transmission and there is also an option for a CVT unit. Fiat sourced 1.3 litre DDiS engine claims impressive mileage of above 27 km/l and is available with manual transmission. Maruti Suzuki has launched the long awaited Baleno RS. It gets a slightly altered exterior look as compared to the standard Baleno. It has a new front mesh grille with a chrome bezel and a larger and sportier front bumper too. The front bumper also gets a lip spoiler/splitter, which has been finished in satin black. The car also gets a satin black side skirt and a set of 16-inch wheels that are identical to the standard car but painted in a shade of black. The rear bumper is also completely different with the lower half reminding us of the sporty Japanese hatchbacks from the late 90s and 2000s. The Baleno RS also gets a new and slightly larger spoiler as compared to the standard car.
Although this newsmall car carries the well-known Santro brand name, it is essentially a replacement for the now defunct i10. It sits in between the and the and will go up against the and the Maruti Celerio. As far as looks are concerned the new Santro is a bit of a mixed bag. Upfront the teardrop headlamps and the shapely bumper looks attractive. But the black cladding on the front bumper looks too big and it reminds us of Heath Leger from Batman asking us why so serious! In profile, Hyundai has concentrated more on function over form. As a result it doesn't look very attractive. The Boomerang shaped creases upfront and at the back does add a bit of flair for an otherwise plain silhouette. The fact that you don’t get alloy wheels even on the top-end Asta variant is a big omission in our opinion. From the rear, the Santro looks muscular thanks to the flared rear-wheel arches and the deep crease on the boot section. The tail-lamps look attractive too and the bumper with black cladding makes the car seem wider than it is. Although at first glance it might look like it is based on the old i10, the new Santro is actually underpinned by a heavily modified version of the Grand i10 chassis.
When Renault launched the Kwid hatchback back in 2015, it truly became a game-changing product for the French carmaker in India. The car boasted of a bold SUV-like design, smart styling, and a host of segment-first features that made the Kwid an instant hit. In fact, courtesy of the Kwid, Renault India's monthly sales were at an all-time high for almost a year. However, like all popular models, the Kwid too slowly started to lose its charm after a while. The carmaker tried to improve its numbers with the launch of a few special edition models like the Kwid 'Live For More Reloaded' edition or the 'Superhero' edition, but none of them proved to offer any long-lasting solution. With the car's sales consistently dropping in the last several months, Renault finally decided to take the big step. So, behold! the 2018 Renault Kwid facelift. Yes! After almost three years, Renault has finally given the Kwid . The 2018 might not appear all that different from the pre-facelift model, however, a closer look at the car reveals a bunch of cosmetic updates that add a bit of freshness to the entry-level hatchback. Among the notable exterior changes, the 2018 Kwid comes with an updated grille, and this top-of-the-line RXT variant that we drove, featured bold chrome elements which Renault has termed as 'Razor Edged Chrome' grille. However, the rest of the bits like the C-shaped halogen headlamps, muscular front bumper, and the round fog lamps remain unchanged.
Hyundai Elite i20
Hyundai has launched the facelift of the i20 at the Auto Expo 2018. Prices for the car start from Rs 28.00 lakh for the base petrol trim and goes up till Rs 36.00 lakh for the top end variant. While the diesel version starts at Rs 24.00 lakh for the base variant and goes up to Rs 34.00 lakh for the top end. These price are, however, only introductory. The company has already updated the rest of its products and it was the i20, i20 Active and the Creta that were remaining. The i20 has finally got the facelift and though a neat job, it's not as extensive as we thought they would be. However, the change in the face is quite evident. Sporting Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy, i20 has been crafted aesthetically. Compared to the previous generation model, the hatchback gets a string of new elements such as the chrome finished hexagonal radiator grille in front, wrap-around automatic head lamps, sporty fog lamps in front and rear combination lamps at the back. From the side, it looks modish with sharp beltline, flared wheel arches and supporting character lines. The slightly protrude wrap-around tail lamps at the back adds to the elegance. Engine set up includes a 1.2 litre, Kappa dual VTVT four cylinder engine featuring four valves for each cylinder. The petrol engine develops 82bhp of max power at 6000rpm along with 11.7 kgm of torque at 4000rpm. Diesel variants plonk a 1.4 litre, U2 CRDi, DOHC, four cylinder engine producing 89bhp at 4000rpm along with 22.4 kgm torque between 1500rpm to 2750rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox is mated to the petrol engine and diesel variants come paired to a six-speed manual tranny.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
It is not easy to step into the niche spot of an iconic model that had been loved for long. Introduced in 2012, Maruti Alto 800 successfully overpowered the image of the model it replaced. A mid-life facelift version of the mini-hatchback was launched in 2016 encompassing cosmetic tweaks on the outside and inside. Changes made to the hatch are subtle; the range is now available from Rs 16.00 lakh and goes up to Rs 22.00 lakh . Under the hood, the 800cc petrol engine has been retained, which has been tuned to return 9 % higher fuel economy. Feature list has improved in retrospect; in fact the change is evident across segment. Maruti is known for making viable mini hatchbacks, but over the years some really good rivals have defied Maruti’s dominance in A segment. What really works for Maruti hatchbacks are factors like affordability, low running cost, reliability and thickly spread after service network that help them maintain their ace in A segment. Coming back to Alto 800, the hatchback is available in petrol and CNG fuel options at an extremely competitive price. Unlike its K10 sibling, Alto 800 lacks the AMT version and is available only with a manual version.
Tata has had hatchbacks in its product portfolio from the very beginning ranging from Indica to Nano to Bolt but its absence in the mid-sized hatchback segment was quite evident. With carmakers encashing the popularity of their mid-sized hatchback models, Tata too decided to come up with a fresh product that defied the dominance of well-received options in the segment and hence Tiago was born. What might work for Tiago is the aggressive price point ranging between Rs 22.00 lakh to Rs 28.00 lakh. To start with, it does not look anything like we have seen before from the home grown auto maker, the hatchback looks fresh in appeal and features elements that bring it on par with arch rivals. Thankfully, for Tiago, it isn’t worked around Indica, although it does share the base floor pan with the latter, otherwise it has been developed from scratch. Interior styling is refreshing; there ins comfortable space for occupants and the finish is excellent. Even the hardware powering the hatchback is all-new. Tiago range is available in two fuel options, mated to a manual transmission. An AMT variant will also be added to the line-up either early next year or by mid-2017. It will remain unchanged aesthetically and under the hood the AMT version will get the 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine making 83bhp and 114Nm. The AMT gearbox will be the same F-Tronic unit sourced from Magentic Marelli that is equipped in Nano and Zest. With so much things on offer, Tata has totally nailed the pricing and it needs a mention here as sometimes a good product falls prey to high pricing, but Tata Tiago price in Nepal is tagged smartly, giivng it an edge over rivals. It is not just the flesh that is all new, but Tiago houses newly developed engines under the hood. Petrol variants are powered by the 1.2 litre, Revotron petrol unit built from aluminium. The three cylinder, DOHC engine develops 83.8bhp at 6000rpm and 114Nm. The diesel engine on the other hand is a 1.05 litre, three cylinder Revotorq engine good for 67bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. Both the engines come with drive modes- City and Eco, this is a segment first feature, absent in arch rivals. Tiago uses a five-speed manual unit and an AMT gerabox is expected to be introduced later.
MARUTI SUZUKI ALTO K10
Launched in 2010, Maruti Alto K10 received its first facelift in November 2014. The current model is available in petrol and CNG fuel options with a choice of manual and auto gear shift transmissions depending on the variant one picks. Both the versions draw power from the 998cc, petrol engine putting out 67bhp of power in petrol mode and 58bhp power in CNG mode. Transmission duties are carried over by a five-speed manual unit and an auto gear shift gearbox is mated to select petrol variants. The mini-hatchback has a bold front profile with key elements such as chrome accentuated grille, swept back headlamps, front fog lamps and a sporty bumper. Sharp aerodynamic lines on the side add to the sportiness. At the back, it gets petal-shaped tail lamps and large body coloured bumper. On the inside, it sports dual tone colour scheme and silver finish around instrument cluster, steering wheel and air-con vents. Utility space such as glove-box on the dashboard and a cup holder in the floor console suffice to store knick-knacks. The CNG and petrol variants source power from the 998cc, K10B petrol engine outputting 67bhp in petrol mode and 58bhp in CNG mode. Both the variants get a five-speed manual gearbox and an auto gear shift unit is mated to the VXi petrol variant. Styling features on the outside such as chrome finished radiator grille, body coloured bumper, full wheel covers and body side molding reinforce the sporty character. Inside, it gets sun-visor, vanity mirrors, cabin light, cup holder on floor console etc. The low capacity petrol engine is claimed to be frugal, in petrol mode it delivers 24.07km/l and in CNG mode it returns 32.26km/kg. A lot K10’s AGS variant yields 24.07km/l akin to its manual version. The mini-hatchback gets a new piano finish stereo with CD player and radio. Music can also be streamed through USB port and AUX-in. Stopping power is drawn by disc brakes at front axle and rear axle comes fitted with drum units. Safety provisions on the top-spec variant include driver side airbag and front fog lamps. Standard safety features across range comprise 3-point ELR seatbelts in front seat, rear seat belt and child proof rear door locks. The hatchback packs in handful of comfort goodies such as air conditioner, power steering, keyless entry, central door locking, tailgate opener, front power window, key-off audible reminder and headlamp on warning buzzer. Alloy wheels are missing on the range, instead it gets wheel covers wrapped with 155/63 R13 tyres.
MARUTI SUZUKI CELERIO
Maruti Suzuki has re-launched the Celerio hatchback with updates at a starting price of Rs 22.00 lakh. The Celerio was launched three years ago and was the first car to offer auto gear shift or AGS in India. In the time since its launch, Maruti has sold over 3 lakh units of the Celerio till date. The updates to the interior include a new front end with a new mesh grille along with chrome bits and re-designed housing for fog lamps. The rear bumper too has been slightly tweaked. Speaking of interior, the dashboard gets a black and beige treatment and new upholstery with abstract pattern. Engine set up comprises of 998cc, three cylinder unit powering petrol & CNG range and 800cc diesel mill. The K10B petrol engine develops maximum power of 67bhp & 90Nm in petrol mode and 58bhp & 78Nm in CNG mode. Built in-house by Maruti Suzuki India, the two cylinder, 793cc, DDiS engine is capable of belting out 47bhp at 3500rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox is mated to both the engines, whereas the auto gear shift unit is available only on the petrol variants. While the overall exterior styling is simple, the face gets triple slat chrome grille and swept-back head lamps. View from side is again austere featuring creases, ORVMs with turn indicators and flared wheel arches. Rear gets a spoiler on top and petal shaped tail lamps along with body coloured bumper. Cabin is styled in tandem with other budget cars from Maruti and so the quality of plastic used i
Maruti Suzuki has re-launched the Celerio hatchback with updates at a starting price of Rs 22.00 lakh. The Celerio was launched three years ago and was the first car to offer auto gear shift or AGS in India. In the time since its launch, Maruti has sold over 3 lakh units of the Celerio till date. The updates to the interior include a new front end with a new mesh grille along with chrome bits and re-designed housing for fog lamps. The rear bumper too has been slightly tweaked. Speaking of interior, the dashboard gets a black and beige treatment and new upholstery with abstract pattern. Engine set up comprises of 998cc, three cylinder unit powering petrol & CNG range and 800cc diesel mill. The K10B petrol engine develops maximum power of 67bhp & 90Nm in petrol mode and 58bhp & 78Nm in CNG mode. Built in-house by Maruti Suzuki India, the two cylinder, 793cc, DDiS engine is capable of belting out 47bhp at 3500rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox is mated to both the engines, whereas the auto gear shift unit is available only on the petrol variants. While the overall exterior styling is simple, the face gets triple slat chrome grille and swept-back head lamps. View from side is again austere featuring creases, ORVMs with turn indicators and flared wheel arches. Rear gets a spoiler on top and petal shaped tail lamps along with body coloured bumper.
nside is not up-market. The temperature dials, AC vents and buttons on centre console are quite dated, but where the car scores well is storage points. Exteriors get body coloured door handles & bumpers, ORVMs with turn indicators, front fog lamps in higher trims, chrome grille and full wheel caps on entire range save for the top-spec trim which comes with alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the hatchback packs in front seat back pockets, electronic power steering, integrated front & rear head rests, 60:40 rear split seat, height adjuster for driver, glove box, gear position indicator in AGS trims and information display integrated into instrument cluster among others. The petrol variant of Celerio is claimed to return ARAI rated mileage of 23.1km/l and in CNG mode, the hatchback can deliver 31.7km/kg. Maruti’s indigenous 800cc, diesel unit is quite frugal; in standard conditions the diesel engine can run up to 27.63km/l. Higher variants get audio system with radio, CD player, USB port, AUX-in & Bluetooth. Besides the aforementioned features speakers and steering mounted audio controls are also offered on the higher trims. Power to retard speed comes from ventilated disc brakes in front and drum units at rear. There is an option for anti-lock-braking system on the entire range. Airbags and ABS are standard on top-of-the-line variants and rest of the range get it as optional fitments. Other safety features aboard include rear centre seat belt, head light levelling, rear window wiper & washer, high mounted stop lamp, immobilizer, child proof rear door locks, front intermittent wipers & washers, rear window demister and outside temperature display available on the AGS trims. The mid-size hatchback gets a handful of comfort features like manual air conditioner with heater, antenna, keyless entry, security system, central door lock, power windows, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors and auto down power window on driver’s side. Tyres are available in two sizes- 155/80R13 and 165/70R14 units. Full wheel caps are offered on base and mid-level trims and alloy rims are available exclusively on the range toping variant. In the mid-size hatchback segment, Maruti Suzuki Celerio is pitted against competitors such as Hyundai i10 and Tata Tiago.
Volkswagen has introduced the Polo hatchback with a smaller petrol engine. The new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine replaces the 1.2-litre petrol engine. The new engine is more fuel efficient compared to the outgoing version. Where the older 1.2-litre MPI petrol returned 16.47 kmpl (ARAI), the new smaller 1-litre MPI petrol engine offers 18.78 kmpl. The new engine, though smaller in size, continues to deliver the same horsepower figure of 75 bhp. The 1-litre engine however, produces a peak torque of 95 Nm as compared to 110 Nm in the older 1.2-litre engine. Polo is the narrowest of all its strongest competitors and has a relatively lower stance. The sleek design is backed by the lean front radiator grille featuring a thin chrome strip running between the head lamps. The lower side of front bumper gets fog lamp housings placed just above the large vertical air dams. Bonnet is wide and features sharp lines. Sides feature all black outside rear view mirrors, body coloured door handles and alloy wheels. Shoulder line is prominent and is supported by multiple creases. There is a slight gap between arches and tyres which could have been avoided. Rear is designed aesthetically with minimalistic styling, it gets a sporty integrated spoiler, a set of wide tail lamps and reflectors on the body coloured bumper. Polo’s cabin gives an up market feel, the use of premium quality plastic and material coupled with top notch fit and finish is very familiar with other Volkswagens around. This gives Polo a cusp over rivals which usually suffer in this department. Styling is done in typical Volkswagen style, the cabin features dual tone colour scheme. The central console is highlighted by the silver accents. AC vents sit on the top of the console beneath which several buttons are placed followed by a large display and dials/buttons. A cooled glove-box is present on the passenger side and there are several practical practical storage points within the cabin. The instrument cluster is wide and clearly visible; a three-spoke flat bottomed steering wheel with mounted controls is fitted for the assistance of driver. Chrome finish is evident around dash-mounted side AC vents, gear knob and steering wheel. Door pads feature large pockets and bottle holders. Legroom is generous in front seat, but rear does not provide comfortable leg and shoulder space. The Polo hatchback is offered in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version is powered by a 999cc, 3-cylinder, in-line engine that produces maximum power output of 75 bhp at 6200 rpm and 95 Nm of peak torque at 4300 rpm. On the other hand, the diesel trims employ a 1.5 litre, TDI, four cylinder in-line engine outputting 90 PS at 4200 RPM and 230 Nm between 1500 RPM to 2500 RPM. Transmission choice is sadly restricted to a five-speed conventional gearbox. The automatic transmission has been left out in the standard Polo, while the petrol powered GT variant gets an auto box.
Black finished halogen head lamps feature dual-beams for enhanced visibility. Outside rear view mirrors get incorporated turn indicators. Fog lamp housings in front get cornering lights and fog lights. A 12 V socket is provided on front centre console and ambient lights are also available inside. Beige coloured fabric upholstered seats look perfect with two-tone colour scheme. Leather is wrapped around steering wheel and gearshift knob. Performance in terms of acceleration is decent; the 0 to 100 kmph mark is attained within 16 seconds (approximate) by petrol variants which is drowsy. Diesel trims on the other hand take a little less time to accomplish 100 kmph mark from rest at 13 seconds (approximate time). Claimed mileage for the petrol engined Polo is 18.78 kmpl and 20.14 kmpl for diesel trims. Music can be played through CD/MP3 player, there is a USB port too along with Aux-in and SD card input. Bluetooth connectivity enables to pair with mobile phones and voice command. The cabin also gets four speakers and a monochrome multi-function display. Polo features abundant comfort features inside out, especially inside the cabin which gets cruise control, climatronic automatic air conditioner, height adjuster for driver’s seat, speed sensing electronic power steering with tilt and telescopic adjustable functions, central locking, power windows with one-touch operation, rear defogger, steering mounted audio/Bluetooth and voice command controls etc. Other than the aforementioned features, Polo boasts of power adjusting and power foldable outside rear view mirrors. Rear gets parking sensors and windshield comes with wiper and washer. Entry level variants come fitted with 175/70 R14 steel wheels, while the mid-level trims get 185/60 R15 steel wheels and top end variants come with 195/55 R16 alloy wheels.